A couple of quick notes.
As you might imagine, Kris Newbury has been returned to the Connecticut Whale from the New York Rangers. He should be in the lineup tonight when the Whale take on the Adirondack Phantoms in Glens Falls at 7pm.
Also, Blake Parlett and Lee Baldwin are skating with the Whale. Both Baldwin and Parlett are listed in AHL Transactions, and were reported earlier by Bruce Berlet in his report Thursday. Also, goaltender Pier-Olivier Pelletier was released from his PTO.
Other ex-Wolf Pack/Whale players on the move include Francis Lessard who’s been recalled to Ottawa, Nigel Dawes is with Atlanta and Dave Urquhart has been recalled from Wheeling to Hamilton in the AHL.
Here’s the official release:
NEW YORK RANGERS TRANSACTION UPDATE
New York, February 18, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Kris Newbury has been assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Newbury, 28, did not dress in a 4-3 shootout win vs. Los Angeles last night after being recalled from Connecticut on Wednesday. He has registered one assist and 35 penalty minutes in eight games with the Rangers this season. He made his Blueshirts debut at Montreal on January 15, and recorded his first point as a Ranger with the primary assist on the game-tying goal in a 3-2 shootout win at Atlanta on January 22. Newbury returns to Connecticut, where he has recorded eight goals and 33 assists for 41 points, along with 98 penalty minutes in 49 games this season. He leads the team and is tied for seventh in the AHL in assists, ranks second on the Whale in points and fourth in penalty minutes. Newbury registered three points in two games this past weekend, including a two-point performance in a 4-1 win at Providence on Sunday (one goal, one assist). He has now registered a team-high, 11 multi-point performances this season, including two separate streaks of three games with multiple points – November 13 vs. Springfield to November 19 at Springfield (six assists), and December 3 at Providence to December 11 vs. Manchester (one goal, six assists). The 5-11, 213-pounder established a career-high with an eight-game assist streak from November 28 vs. Adirondack to December 17 vs. Worcester, recording three goals and 12 assists over the span.
The Brampton, Ontario native was originally San Jose’s fifth round pick, 139th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Rangers from Detroit in exchange for forward Jordan Owens on March 3, 2010.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged Adirondack Phantoms, AHL, American Hockey League, Blake Parlett, Bruce Berlet, Connecticut Whale, Dave Urquhart, Francis Lessard, Glens Falls New York, Kris Newbury, Lee Baldwin, New York City, New York Rangers, NHL, Nigel Dawes, Pier-Olivier Pelletier
WHALE SIGN GOALTENDER PIER-OLIVIER PELLETIER TO PTO
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Comes in from CHL Laredo for Second Stint with Whale
HARTFORD, CT: Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Whale has signed goaltender Pier-Olivier Pelletier to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hockey, Sports
Tagged AHL, American Hockey League, Connecticut Whale, Hartford Whalers, Jim Schoenfeld, Phoenix Coyotes, Pier-Olivier Pelletier, Providence Bruins, PTO, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Rentschler Field, sport
While Pier-Oliver Pelletier is a really good bloke, he’s not an AHL quality netminder. Friday, The Connecticut Whale sent him packing and brought back Dov-Grumet Morris and signed the Greenville Road Warrior netminder to a Professional Try-Out (PTO) agreement. This means that Cam Talbot is not quite ready to come back from his high ankle sprain suffered when a player fell on him in his last start on Jan. 16 against the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, ECHL, Greenville Road Warriors, Hockey, NHL, Sports
Tagged American Hockey League, Connecticut Whale, Dov Grumet-Morris, ECHL, Goals against average, Greenville Road Warriors, Hartford Wolf Pack, Jim Schoenfeld, Pier-Olivier Pelletier, Sports, XL Center
For Connecticut Whale Ken Gernander this could not have been a fun last couple of weeks. First the parent New York Rangers took the heart and soul out of his surging team when they recalled six of his best players and then the Hamilton Bulldogs came into Hartford and gutted the rest on the ice crushing the remaining roster 7-3 in front of 6,018 at the XL Center Saturday night.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged Aaron Palushaj, AHL, Ben Maxwell, Brandon Nash, Brodie Dupont, Chad Johnson, Chad Ochocinco, Chris Chappell, Chris McKelvie, Connecticut Whale, Curtis Sanford, Dale Weise, Dany Masse, Dave Urquhart, Devin DiDiomete, Evgeny Grachev, Greenville Road Warriors, Hamilton Bulldogs, Hunter Bishop, J.T. Wyman, Jason Williams, Jyri Niemi, Michael Del Zotto, Pier-Olivier Pelletier, Ryan Garlock, Ryan McDonagh, Wade Redden, Wheeling Nailers
WHALE SIGNS GOALTENDER PIER-OLIVIER PELLETIER TO PTO
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Played in 21 games this season for the CHL’s Laredo Bucks
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hockey, Sports
Tagged AHL, Bronson Pelletier, Connecticut Lottery, Connecticut Whale, Hartford Wolf Pack, Jim Schoenfeld, Phoenix Coyotes, Pier-Olivier Pelletier, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Terry Virtue, XL Center
By Bruce Berlet
EAST HARTFORD, CT – As Howard Baldwin and his son, Howard Jr., walked into the Rentschler Field press box just after noon Thursday, their jaws seemingly dropped to the floor as they spoke as one.
“Awesome,” they said in stereo while getting their first look at the start of the rink that will host Outdoor Harvest-Properties.com Whalers Fest 2011 on Feb. 11-23.
Posted in AHL, College Hockey, Connecticut Whale, ECHL, Greenville Road Warriors, Hartford Whalers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged Alex Frolov, American Hockey League, Binghamton Senators, Boston Bruins, Brandon Dubinsky, Brandon Prust, Brian Leetch, Brodie Dupont, Cam Talbot, Chad Kolarik, Charlotte Checkers, Chris McKelvie, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dale Weise, Dane Byers, Dave Liffiton, EIS Rinks, Emile Francis, Eric Christensen, Hartford Whalers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Henrik Lundqvist, Howard Baldwin, Howard Baldwin Jr., J.J. Daignault, John Tortorella, Ken Gernander, Kris Newbury, Mats Zuccarello, Michael Del Zotto, Pat Boller, Pier-Olivier Pelletier, Providence Bruins, Rentschler Field, Ruslan Fedotenko, Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh, Springfield Falcons, Václav Prospal, Whalers Hockey Fest, WhalersSports, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
By Bruce Berlet
Talk about a tough act to follow.
Yes, even Connecticut Whale wing Brodie Dupont admitted he didn’t know what he could do for an encore as defending money-earning champion in the eighth Tip-A-Whale Dinner and Sports Carnival at the XL Center on Sunday from 4-7 p.m.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, ECHL, Greenville Road Warriors, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Brandon Dubinsky, Brodie Dupont, Cam Talbot, Chad Kolarik, Connecticut Whale, Dale Weise, Gaylord Hospital, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hershey Bears, Jared Nightingale, Josh Tordjman, Kris Newbury, Mats Zuccarello, Mike Komisarek, New York Rangers, NHL, Pier-Olivier Pelletier, Ruslan Fedotenko, San Antonio Rampage, Terry Virtue, Tip-A-Player Dinner, Todd Hall, Todd White, Toronto Maple Leafs, XL Center, Yanick Dupre Memorial Award
By Bruce Berlet
The XL Center could have made some serious money selling programs Tuesday if Connecticut Whale practice was open to the public.
Coach Ken Gernander and assistants J.J. Daignault and Pat Boller were in scramble mode again thanks to a plethora of injuries and illness that had a substitute goalie in one net and two defensemen playing forward with a junior player rehabbing with the Whale after offseason shoulder surgery.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, ECHL, Greenville Road Warriors, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Andrew Yogan, Brian McGrattan, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Bruce Berlet, Cam Talbot, Central Connecticut State University, Chad Johnson, Connecticut Whale, Craig Height, Damian Hess, Devin DiDiomete, Dov Grumet-Morris, Elmira Jackals, Greenville Road Warriors, Hamilton Bulldogs, J.J. Daignault, Jeremy Williams, Justin Soryal, Jyri Niemi, Kelsey Tessier, Ken Gernander, New York Rangers, Nigel Dawes, Ontario Hockey League, Pat Boller, Phoenix Coyotes, Pier-Olivier Pelletier, Providence Bruins, Ryan Garlock, Terry Virtue, Tim Kennedy, Todd Hall, Todd White, Wade Redden, XL Center